Las Vegas is so much more than Sin City! Although you can still get a taste of the nightlife with the Las Vegas Strip minutes from the UNLV campus, a quick hop in an Uber, Lyft, or taxi can get you anywhere you want to be.
While Las Vegas is known primarily for its gaming, it has also deservedly earned the title as the “Entertainment Capitol of the World”. While you are in town, you can experience a Cirque du Soleil show – with themes ranging from illusion to music to acrobatics. The fine dining is unparalleled – with options for any palate. If you want spectacular views of the city, take a spin on the High Roller, a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter giant Ferris wheel located on the Las Vegas Strip.
Downtown Las Vegas, with its bustling art scene, is a treat for any budget. From the classic Fremont Street Experience, where you can zipline through the promenade, to hip bars with themes ranging from a historic 50’s dive bar to a Gothic-style pub, you might even be able to find the secret code to an exclusive hush-hush speakeasy. In addition, fun for all ages is the Downtown Container Park. They offer a variety of unique restaurants and bars where you can order gourmet hot dogs, grilled cheese with Hot Cheetos, and American craft whiskey in addition to local shops and a toy store to reignite your inner child. For a complete list of all of the restaurants that Downtown has to offer, see LasVegasrestaurants.com.
Downtown Las Vegas offers a bit of culture as well, with several museums in the area including the 41,000 square-foot Mob Museum. You can learn all about the nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site by visiting the National Atomic Testing Museum, where you can experience what it would be like to hide out in an underground bunker during a nuclear bomb. Explore the history of neon lights at the Neon Museum or take those flashing lights to the Pinball Hall of Fame where you can play on actual vintage and modern pinball tables, no computer simulation here.
If you would like to get out of the city, you’re in luck! The Mojave Desert offers a unique desert environment ready to be explored. Hiking is a major pastime of Nevada residents with Red Rock National Conservation Area within a half hour drive and the allure of Mount Charleston just a bit further for all your adventuring, bouldering, and rock climbing needs.
If you still want to explore the natural, or man-made, wonders within reach, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead are fantastic day trip possibilities. The Springs Preserve, only 20 minutes away, offers fun for family and children with several ways to enjoy what time you have, giving options for 1-2 hours and even activities to fill your day.